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. >>> they are still counting votes in alameda county, and yeah, we're talking about votes from the november election: the recount is not cheap, and a lot of taxpayers are not happy about picking up the tab. >> tick, tick , tick. >> yes, yes , yes. >> reporter: someone likened it to watching paint dry. >> yes, yes, yes. >> reporter: most alameda county voters voted for measure b1. 66.53% of them. but it needed 2/3 majority. 66.67%. so back ers of the half cent sales tax, that would fix pot holes, boost bus service, and bring bart to livermore, decided to buy a recount. >> we've been working on developing this expenditure plan for 2.5 years through a highly public process. and because there was so much voter support, we requested a recount to make sure all the ballots have been counted appropriately. >> reporter: the public agency is funded by tax money. the recount is being paid for by taxpayers. >> do you think taxpayers should pay for this? >> i don't believe so but they're not going to leave $7 billion on the table if it's within a couple votes. >> i'm not a lawyer, so i can't speak to that. >
. >> it is interesting. the polling that goes on and the amount of polling used during elections, now it is nonstop. >> it is 24/7. how are people feeling about prop 30, prop 13? there is instant analysis constantly. i think that leads the a little paralysis, don't you think? >> it totally and completely removes the deliberate process in. many cases people are expressing themselvess in the polls and have no idea what they are talking about. they don't know the comprehensive nature, how it affects modesto, versus st. marys. they don't know any of those things. >> and the lobbyists and special interest groups walk in and say state assemblyman, here is a poll of your district and how it is playing. >> i give, i give! >> now we are making a point. >> yes. i want to make sure the member understands i am equal to the lobbyist. >> that is the only poll that matter in the. >> knocking on the door with a lot of cash. [ laughing ] >> sad but true. >>> coming up, one more look at this morning's top stories. >> that include as deadline for the fiscal cliff and compromises from both sides of the aisle. >
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